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UNF on the right side of a blowout against EWC

December 3, 2013

UNF grabbed another blowout win when it hosted Edward Waters College Monday night. The Ospreys (5-4) dominated from the tip and despite a few runs from EWC it beat out the Tigers 90-68, three days...

New faces look to move UNF men’s basketball into a new era

November 5, 2013

After the FGCU champion team knocked UNF out in the first round of the 2013 Atlantic Sun Tournament, nine players retired their UNF jerseys. The close of the season left head coach Matthew Driscoll...

Hodges Stadium is reopened for business

November 5, 2013

UNF’s athletes are finally back on the field at Hodges Stadium -- three weeks before the season ends. Osprey Nation updated its followers on the reopened stadium in October via their Facebook...

Volleyball splits weekend, shows signs of maturity

September 30, 2013

After losing six straight matches UNF volleyball finally picked up a win to stop its losing skid, however it lost the next day to fall back onto the losing track. The Ospreys swept Northern Kentucky...

Running for her life

September 19, 2013

A UNF staff member took on extreme temperatures, elevation changes, over-hydration and blisters to get the chance to compete in one of the most difficult foot races on the planet. It’s 125 degrees...

Volleyball can’t close, drops five-set match

September 11, 2013

UNF volleyball continued to struggle getting over the .500 hump and fell to the now 2-4 Florida A&M Rattlers, 3-2. UNF (3-4) looked strong after picking up the third set of the match and taking...

UNF volleyball can’t get away from .500 record

September 9, 2013

UNF entered it’s match against Middle Valley State University Sept. 7 looking to get back to .500 and become a consistent team. Head coach Steve Loeswick went with a group court that didn’t see...

Volleyball splits weekend tournament, intrigues with position battles

September 2, 2013

The UNF volleyball team opened the season in Orlando and it was a tale of two teams for the Ospreys. In the team's opening weekend it went 2-2 winning both games in a three-straight sets and losing both...

Volleyball Preview: New players, new digs

August 26, 2013

Last year, in his first year as head coach, Steve Loeswick led the UNF volleyball team to program bests in the A-Sun. UNF captured back-to-back sand volleyball titles and made it to the finals of the...

Column: Conference realignment has reached ludicrous speed

July 8, 2013

If you don’t get the reference in the headline do yourself a favor and YouTube ‘spaceballs ludicrous speed’ this moment. Go, now. So it was 4:40 p.m. on a random summer day. I had 20-more minutes...

The most important component on the diamond

April 17, 2013

In two hours and 27 minutes, the UNF baseball team was able to take out Atlantic Sun Conference opponent East Tennessee State, March 30. Despite the game lasting as long as an average length James...

Baseball: where superstition and sanity collide

April 17, 2013

On any given day you can see sports players doing bizarre routines. From LeBron’s tame powder-toss at the beginning of an NBA game, to the more extreme urine rituals of MLB player Moises Alou, and...

UNF takes down top-dog despite mistakes, Weeks and Dewees continue hot streak

April 11, 2013

Despite having a total of eight errors in its three-game series, UNF baseball took down the preseason No. 1 A-Sun Conference pick, the Mercer Bears, by winning two out of three games. UNF is now 14-6...

Sand volleyball picks up where it left off: on top

April 10, 2013

Last year, UNF sand volleyball was the first team in Atlantic Sun history to win a Sand Volleyball Conference Championship . This year’s team has the expectations of living up to last year’s performance,...

If UNF baseball doesn’t win, they sure come close

March 27, 2013

UNF baseball may not win every game, but they have consistently put themselves in the position to win games. UNF’s (18-8) average margin of defeat this season is 2.25 runs. The only game this season...

Series winning streak ends for baseball

March 13, 2013

After starting the year winning every series it played, the UNF baseball team finally dropped a weekend series March 8-10. The team traveled to South Alabama where it lost two of three games. “Yeah...

Rugby humbled, shocked by loss

March 13, 2013

Every story that has been written about the UNF Rugby club since last fall has been about the team winning. Other than a loss in the National Championship April 29, and a loss in the Florida Cup...

UNF baseball takes out UF Gators in extra innings

February 27, 2013

As the spring rolls on and the baseball season continues one thing is clear at UNF, the team will leave you on the edge of your seat. In another tight game the UNF men’s baseball team came away...

Pain is temporary, ink is permanent

February 27, 2013

Sixteen tattoos cover junior Travis Wallace’s body. One is his mother’s name; one reminds him of his little brother. But one stands out above the rest. On Wallace’s back, the phrase, “pain...

Deadbirds demolish undermanned Canes’

February 18, 2013

The UNF men’s rugby team is usually the team seen as the little brother when heading into matches. But against the University of Miami, Feb. 17, UNF was Goliath and David was nowhere to be found. UNF...

Basketball Recruits: The next wave

February 13, 2013

In the middle of November, 2012, early in the signing period, the UNF men's basketball team announced it had signed three recruits. The incoming group has the task of replacing one of the most decorated...

UNF rugby trucks FSU

February 8, 2013

The UNF rugby club traveled to Tallahassee, Feb. 2 and rucked up Florida State University 35-12. The match was an out-of-conference game, but the two schools were smashing back in forth as the friendly...

Free-throws and defense save UNF once again

February 8, 2013

Kennesaw, Ga. -- The UNF men's basketball team was able to escape the Peach State with a 60-52 win over the Kennesaw State Owls Thurs. night. With the win UNF (10-15, 5-7 A-sun), which was struggling...

A new crop of volleyballers

February 6, 2013

After losing to ETSU in the fifth set at the A-Sun Championship game, Nov. 17, 2012, five UNF senior volleyball players walked around the court for the final time in their collegiate careers. Later...

Osprey women use Ki three to upset Hatters

February 2, 2013

With the daunting task of taking on the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds in the conference, the UNF women’s basketball team started its stretch with an 56-52 upset victory over the second seed Stetson University...

The Art of the Serve

October 24, 2012

Volleyball’s most important aspect of the game isn't a kill, a dig or a block. The key to a strong offense and defense is the serve. A strong serve can force your opponent to have a bad pass to...

Baran Digs Herself to Another Record for UNF Volleyball

October 9, 2012

In the middle of UNF volleyball's 3-0 victory over Stetson Oct. 2 a voice came through the speakers to announce that with her fifth-dig in the match UNF senior Nicole Baran surpassed Tara Taylor as...

Volleyball Gets Four Set Win at JU

September 29, 2012

After dropping three-straight matches the UNF volleyball team (9-7, 1-3 A-Sun) entered Swisher Gymnasium on the Campus of cross-town rival Jacksonville University (3-14, 1-3) looking to stop the bleeding. Playing...

UNF Men’s Soccer Falls to UCF

September 29, 2012

UNF was short handed in the match as five Ospreys sat out the game due to injury. Injured players included forward Jean Rivaroli, defensemen Grady Trimble and goalkeeper Brad Sienkiewicz. “The...

Women’s volleyball kills way to home opening win

September 7, 2012

The UNF women's volleyball took to the court of the UNF arena for the first time this year as it took on the Rattlers from Florida A&M after starting the season 1-4. The Ospreys (2-4) were able...

Women lose in physical, sloppy, mud bowl

September 5, 2012

The UNF women's soccer team fought hard and managed to pull within one goal, but the Navy women's soccer team was able to edge out the Ospreys 5-3. Even though the team lost, head coach Linda Hamilton...

Atlantic Sun Championships Preview

May 8, 2012

Track and Field In outdoor competition, the men’s team is in the top five for highest scores and times in seven out of the 18 nonteam events this year in which there were more than five competitors....

Sports in Brief: Rugby struggles to get funding for travel

May 8, 2012

By: Josh Brannock, Sports Editor UNF has seen its fair share of memorable sports runs this season. The men’s and women’s tennis teams are entering their respective conference tournaments as one...

Men’s and women’s tennis clinch tournament berth

April 18, 2012

By: Josh Brannock, Sports Editor With just two matches left in the regular season, both of UNF’s tennis programs have locked a position in the Atlantic Sun conference tournament April 20-22. The...

Gavlik earns first A-Sun Player of the Week for strong, consistent play

April 18, 2012

By: Josh Brannnock, Sports Editor Going a combined 10-16, scoring five runs and driving in four runs over four games last week was good enough for T.J. Gavlik to be named the Atlantic Sun April...

Baseball takes down top-ranked Gators, continues struggles in conference play

April 8, 2012

By: Josh Brannock, Sports Editor In front of 2,411 fans, the UNF Ospreys took on the No. 1 ranked University of Florida Gators at Harmon Stadium April 3. Even though the game was at UNF, the...

Sports in Brief, April 4

April 8, 2012

By: Josh Brannock, Sports Editor Baylor finishes season perfect 40-0, win national championship Under the massive wingspan and dominating power of Brittney Greiner, the Baylor Bears became the first...

UNF sand volleyball looks to bring more attention to the sport

April 8, 2012

By: Josh Brannock, Sports Editor Over a year of work on the sand paid off March 9 when the UNF sand volleyball team took on crosstown rival Jacksonville University in the first NCAA Division I sand...

UNF Rugby just two wins away from a National Championship

April 5, 2012

By: Josh Brannock, Sports Editor With its back against the wall and its season on the line, the UNF rugby team was on the brink of leaving Norfolk, Va., empty-handed March 25 and ending an historic...

Baseball loses two tight games to conference opponent

April 5, 2012

By: Josh Brannock, Sports Editor This season has been filled with blowout wins and tight losses for UNF baseball, and the team’s 17-9 record has reflected its play thus far. Coach Smoke Laval...

Sand volleyball splits first major tournament

April 5, 2012

By: Josh Brannock, Sports Editor In its first major tournament in program history, the UNF sand volleyball team went 2-2 at the College of Charleston Sand Classic March 23-25. The Ospreys started...

Women’s tennis starts conference play strong

April 5, 2012

By: Josh Brannock, Sports Editor UNF women’s tennis will look to stay perfect in conference play this weekend, staying in Jacksonville to play a conference foe. Before UNF plays cross-town...

Men’s tennis takes four matches over break

April 5, 2012

By: Josh Brannock, Sports Editor The No. 50 UNF men’s tennis program will look to continue its hot streak after winning four out of its last five matches during its progression through its conference...

Baseball uses high scoring to pick up a number of wins

April 5, 2012

By: Josh Brannock, Sports Editor The UNF baseball team will play Bethune-Cookman March 21, followed by a three-game series against USC Upstate beginning March 23, after winning six of its last nine...

That’s cool, you went to a men’s basketball game, now how about some support for others?

February 11, 2012

By: Josh Brannock, Sports Editor   With all the talk of everyone being part of the 99 percent, when it comes to fandom, I feel like I am in the 1 percent.   Now, I understand this...

Sports in Brief, Feb. 1

February 2, 2012

Women’s basketball sputters with two straight loses The UNF women’s basketball team (8-14, 5-6) is headed back to Jacksonville following four straight road games for a two-game home stand. The team...

The protesters are coming, the protesters are coming

January 25, 2012

Ever since the Arab Spring in 2011, the headlines that dominated the international news on a daily basis were the continuous protests cropping up in nations across the world. Protesters may come to...

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